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Posts Tagged ‘fast and female’

SuperTour Finals Week

31.Mar.2016 by Kaitlynn Miller

Despite the dismal winter we’ve had, SuperTour Finals was a resounding success and a fun end to the 2015/16 race season for the GRP skiers. It’s always great to race at home with friends and family lining the course! The groomers did an impressive job farming snow and we were able to race on a hilly and challenging 3.5k loop composed entirely of manmade snow. The weather cooperated, freezing overnight, and the many enthusiastic volunteers made the whole event run incredibly smoothly. Here’s a smattering of photos from the week. You can read, in more detail, about the first two races here (the individual skate and classic sprint) and the second two races here (the relay and the 30/50k classic). Also, you can view results here.

photo: Caitlin Patterson

Prior to the races, we hosted a Fast and Female event at the Center. We had over 80 girls in attendance! It was awesome to have so many women from other elite teams (as well as the U.S. Ski Team) help out as ambassadors. (photo: Caitlin Patterson)

photo: Reese Brown

Heather leading some of the Fast and Female participants up teaching hill (photo: Reese Brown)

photo: Caitlin Patterson

Hallie and Katrina Howe heading up the “biathlon” station (photo: Caitlin Patterson)

photo: Caitlin Patterson

It was great to have so many Craftsbury juniors participating in the event! (photo: Caitlin Patterson)

photo: Reese Brown

Group shot! (photo: Reese Brown)

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Some of the elite team (and U.S. Ski Team) men hosted an afternoon speed camp for both boys and girls. Here are some participants heading through the snow tunnel in the upper soccer field.

photo: Reese Brown

Also prior the “real” races, was another fun event – the Dash for Cash. Here are Kait, Heather, and Quincy (Craftsbury BKLer) in their quartfinal heat. (photo: Reese Brown)

photo: Reese Brown

And Caitlin and Hallie (in the fancy red one-piece) during their quarterfinal (photo: Reese Brown)

photo: Reese Brown

Caitlin avoiding some chaos around the cone (photo: Reese Brown)

photo: Reese Brown

Ida sending it through the snow tunnel (photo: Reese Brown)

photo: Reese Brown

Both Ida and Heather made the final with Ida taking the win and Heather placing fourth (photo: Reese Brown)

photo: Reese Brown

SuperTour Finals kicked off with a 10/15k individual skate race. Here’s Caitlin sporting the overall leader bib. (photo: Reese Brown)

photo: Reese Brown

The skate race was followed by a classic sprint the next day. Here’s Liz striding up Moss Run in her semifinal (photo: Reese Brown)

photo: Reese Brown

Here’s Ida in her semifinal followed by Caitlin and Kait (photo: Reese Brown)

photo: Reese Brown

Ida crossing the line in second! (photo: Reese Brown)

photo: Reese Brown

So much excitement! (photo: Reese Brown)

photo: Reese Brown

Classic sprint podium (photo: Reese Brown)

photo: Reese Brown

After a day off, racing action resumed with the team relay. With all the GRP men racing at Biathlon Nationals (which you can read about here), the GRP women had to compete on mixed relay teams.  Liz and Hallie formed the Green Buffalos with Colorado University skiers Petter Reistad and Mads Stroem. Here’s Liz tagging off to Mads. (photo: Reese Brown)

photo: Reese Brown

Hallie skied a very strong anchor leg crossing the line in fourth. (photo: Reese Brown)

photo: Reese Brown

Ida and Caitlin formed the Vailbury Green Team with Ski and Snowboard Club Vail skiers Noah Hoffman and Tad Elliot. Here’s Caitlin heading out on her anchor leg after being tagged by Tad. They finished second behind APU! (photo: Reese Brown)

photo: Reese Brown

SuperTour Finals wrapped up with the 30/50k classic. Here’s the start of the women’s 30k. (photo: Reese Brown)

photo: Reese Brown

Heather getting off to a good start (photo: Reese Brown)

photo: Deb Miller

Lots of green suits in the chase pack! (photo: Deb Miller)

photo: Reese Brown

Liz leading Erika Flowers (photo: Reese Brown)

photo: Reese Brown

Hallie striding up Screaming Mimi (photo: Reese Brown)

photo: Reese Brown

In a 9-lap race, there are many opportunities to feed! (photo: Reese Brown)

photo: Reese Brown

Craftsbury junior Phoebe Sweet raced the 15k and finished 5th! (photo: Reese Brown)

photo: Deb Miller

Heather and Hallie skiing together mid-race (photo: Deb Miller)

photo: Deb Miller

Kait, Ida, and Caitlin at the top of Screaming Mimi (photo: Deb Miller)

photo: Deb Miller

Jumping for joy in the finish corral! (photo: Deb Miller)

photo: Reese Brown

Jessie Diggins won the 30k with Ida finishing second and Caitlin third!! (photo: Reese Brown)

photo: Deb Miller

One last team photo to finish out the season. Thanks to Pepa and Nick (as well as Ruth, Jake, and Anna – not pictured) for their support! Our skis were fantastic all week. Also thanks to Susan for coming out to cheer despite feeling under-the-weather. (photo: Deb Miller)

The Bounty of Bend

26.May.2012 by Susan Dunklee

What do skiing, mountain biking, sunburns, snowstorms, rainbows and lots of roundabouts all have in common?  They can all be found in Bend, Oregon in the month of May.
For the first time in recent memory, the US Biathlon team sent a group of athletes to Bend for an early summer on-snow training camp.  We left our rifles at home and focused on volume training.  We skied an exhausting number of hours every morning, sharing the trails with the US Ski Team, Canadian Ski Team, Canadian Biathlon Team, and numerous club teams.  Although we rarely completed the same workouts as the other groups (we are on different training plans) it was motivating to spend time around other elite North American athletes.  I’d never seen so much representation of the different programs in one place.  Nor could I predict which athletes I would end up skiing with when I started out in the morning.

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One of many rainbow sightings.

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Members of the US biathlon team, Russell, Lowell, Tim, Sara, Annelies and myself.

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The first several days we had perfect corduroy and sunny blue skies.

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Emil’s Clearing was the gathering point for all the different teams, and a great place to socialize during water breaks and wax touch ups.

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Hanging out with the local girls at Fast and Female.  We danced, talked about goals and dreams, and worked on strength and agility among other things.  I got to work with and get to know US Ski Teamer Holly Brooks, who I had only met once before this camp.

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We watched but didn’t participate in Bend’s famous Pole Peddle Paddle race.  I’d love to take part in it some day, but the logistics look challenging.

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I spent most of my afternoon workouts mountain biking.  There were tons of awesome single track trails, plus this gorgeous path along the Deschutes River.

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The far side of the river looked like a rocky wasteland, filled with rugged volcanic rock.  I spent an afternoon on my off day exploring “lava island.”. A few lone pine trees managed to grow in the rocks, and some pretty ferns sprouted up through deep cracks in the rock.

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A tired crew enjoying our one off day.  I had forgotten how comfy recliners are.

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Normally we could enjoy winter up at Mt. Bachelor and then drive down to summer weather at our condo in Bend 25 minutes away, but the last morning we woke up to some wintry weather down low…

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…which translated into a foot of new snow up on the ski trails.  

I can’t think of a better place for ski training this time of year.  I’m leaving feeling extremely tired, but happy.  Bye bye Bend! …’till next time

A look back

6.Feb.2011 by Lauren Jacobs

Yesterday I went out on the course at Trapp’s to take photos of our guys racing in the 10 km skate and I realized that I still had photos on my camera from Nationals that had not yet made it on to my computer. Whoops! So here is a brief visual journey through a few, as yet un-blogged about events from the last month.

Hannah in a skate sprint heat on the last day of Nationals. She ended up 10th!

Hannah in a skate sprint heat on the last day of Nationals. She ended up 10th!

Tim leading a heat in the skate sprint at Nationals. He qualified 5th!

Tim qualified 5th in the skate sprint at Nationals. Here he is leading a heat up the major climb on the course.

After the last race at Nationals Chelsea, Hannah, and I stayed in Maine for one extra day to volunteer at a Fast and Female event at Gould Academy in Bethel. Fast and Female is an organization that was started by Canadian Olympian Chandra Crawford with the goal of getting girls to stay involved with sports. (Check out Chelsea’s Fasterskier article about it here.) The whole day in Bethel was all about being active, having fun, and getting girls psyched about skiing. It was a great day!

Chelsea leading her group through one of the stations.

Chelsea leading her group through one of the stations.

I led a "bean-bag biathlon" station. If you missed, you had to do push-ups.

I led a "bean-bag biathlon" station. If you missed, you had to do push-ups.

Maybe I've been in Craftsbury too long, but I hadn't heard of zumba until this day. It was...interesting.

Maybe I've been in Craftsbury too long, but I hadn't heard of zumba until this day. It was...interesting.

The whole crew. 130 + girls and 30 + instructors!

The whole crew. 130 + girls and 30 + instructors!

And finally, a shot I grabbed at yesterday’s UVM Carnival / NENSA Eastern Cup race at Trapp’s.

Ben Koons, Pat, and Matt coming into the finish.

Ben Koons, Pat, and Matt coming into the finish.